Weekend brunch is on until 3pm every Saturday and Sunday now! Come try this vegan benny with avocado today! What's your favorite thing on the new brunch menu?

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Fantastic piece on the not so ancient history of hyper explicit white supremacy and antisemitism that built Roland Park, with a preview of what will be an important book on the topic.

If you look at Baltimore from the sky, three adjacent neighborhoods appear as a dark green wedge on patchy beige. These three neighborhoods—Roland Park, Guilford, and Homeland—are in the north-central part of the city. And that green wedge is where the tree line thins, where you cross east on Yo...
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Brandi Elizabeth Brown
· July 30, 2017
Heard great things about it and visited for the first time today. Attractive cashier explained to me how to order and that it's a co-op owned by all the employees. Thought the pay it forward option wa...s a super cool idea. Had a delicious brunch. LOVE the look of the place. Thanks! See More
Syuzanna Alexander
· August 10, 2017
1st time there few days ago to see vegan/animal activist James Aspey at his speaking event ... went there prior to check out the books & love that Vegan cuisine is served! The staff are all super frie...ndly, it's an eclectic mix of people who visit & I just appreciate the positive vibes there! Definitely will return! Cheers 😊🌻✌🏻 See More
Terri Burch Creasy
· November 6, 2017
Attended the poetry/spoken word event. Great atmosphere, delicious food ( I had the falafel salad and hummus plate). Everyone was friendly and I had a great time listening to the poets and speakers.
Trevor Eades
· September 1, 2017
They are doing great things down here. Very community orientated and take pride in all that they do. Very calm and cool place to be!!!
Mary McKelvie
· January 3, 2018
Best book selection in the city. The cafe also has great food and is filled with kind folks hoping to create a safer and more inclusive community. My favorite place in Baltimore
Cherri Sparenberg
· October 5, 2017
Food and beverage choices were great, desserts too, however, playing inappropriate music considering the vegan clientele, mostly college age and some older folks. Explicit lyrics, totally deprecating ...and disrespectful to women. See More
Angela Gale
· September 7, 2017
Seems like this spot is the hub of everything good and interesting in Baltimore.

Just kidding, not everything. But a lot. of very, very cool stuff.
TN Nikoll
· October 10, 2017
Amazing food, peaceful & comfortable atmosphere, kind and informative service

Love the "pay it forward"

This place is the best!
Elvis Gertrude
· August 17, 2017
Amazing place for coffee, community and knowledge. I would recommend this place to anyone that's hungry for food or great literature!!!!
Parag Khandhar
· February 4, 2017
This is my movement Cheers space. Say hi to someone working there, who either co-owns or is on path to co-owning this place. Talk to people you haven't met before. The deeper you look, the more colorf...ul and dynamic fractals of Baltimore you find in the people who make up this place. The coffee is awesome, the $5 specials are usually stellar, pasta dishes are worth it, and the standards still kick it (banh mi, falafel, many grilled cheese options). This place could spin off a vegan bakery, the offerings are that good. Ppl from NYC to the Bay say they wish they had a bookstore like Emma's, and the events are consistently full and free. Home to the Baltimore Free School, check out free classes on the extensive schedule or teach something yourself. This place welcomes all but also reflects its values and tells bigots to leave. Check it out and also order books and meals-to-donate online. See More
Phillip Clark
· February 4, 2017
Red Emma's is an eclectic, vibrant, cross-sectional space that facilitates conversation and interaction for artists, thinkers, and activists in Baltimore who challenge the status quo. I have always welcomed and at home in this radical niche. Especially today, our city, and our world can immensely benefit from venues like Red Emma's to reflect and harness the necessary energy to create the socially just society we wish to see. Sending positivity, enforcement, and light. Thank you for all you do and keep on carrying on! See More
Michael Redding
· February 3, 2017
I remember the New Era Bookstore, back around 1970 or so. This is the Newer Era Bookstore, and cafe and cultural center. It's an amazing resource for information, education, organizing and events. It'...s one of the coolest and most inspirational cooperative enterprises I've seen, and a point of pride for Baltimore. It's been great to see them persevere through challenges and grow over the years! See More
CK Jewell
· October 18, 2017
Your vegan BLT cannot really be vegan because it is THAT good!
Andreana Mae
· February 4, 2017
An excellent space with GREAT vegan and gluten free food, friendly staff, and dynamic discussions of both fun and challenging topics. I highly recommend the dessert case! Excellent vegan/gluten free q...uiche. I once accidentally ate an allergen (not by any fault of staff, I made a careless selection) and staff were very helpful, offering to bring me water, call an ambulance, or anything that was needed. See More
Jules Griffin
· February 4, 2017
Red Emma's is a bastion in the fight against gentrification in the station north neighborhood. It is also a place where those of us who find the political status quo unacceptable can meet and organize... for change. Their book selection is incredible, their coffee is delicious, and their Banh Mi with Twin Oaks tofu is like nothing else. #supportredemmas See More
Monica Basche
· February 3, 2017
Red Emma's is a warm and welcoming space with delicious food (falafel platter!), drinks (spicy hot chocolate!), and coffee (cold brew!), and its staff is always friendly. 💖
Sheila Mattison Frison
· May 7, 2017
Poetry nights bring an eclectic mix. Makes you ponder � on the things that makes us different; makes us unique. I always feel educated when I leave. Peace and blessings and power to individuality.
Juli Rivalander
· March 7, 2017
The food is great and for the most part we love stoping in here for a quick bite. However today the dude who works at the book store part walked over to where my kid and another kid were sitting and t...old me he could somehow miraculously hear the iPad game even though the volume was off. He stood there for a good minute waiting while the kids played and heard no sound and then walked away searching for an unknown sound. At a busy coffee shop with a kids section with a whole
bunch of people using your free wifi you might want to reconsider working here and perhaps go to a library. Just sayin. No need to be rude.
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Robert Birt
· February 4, 2017
It's the best bookstore in Baltimore, owned by a progressive worker's collective. and named after a woman who was a part of the democratic, libertarian left of early 20th America. I've been down with ...Red Emma's since they opened over ten years ago on St. Paul and Madison St. Tolerant, diverse and progressive with intellectually invigorating programs every month. Much needed during the reactionary administration of Il Duce Don Trump See More
Dankwa Brooks
· February 3, 2017
I LOVE the fact that this great chill bookstore/coffee shop is in the HEART of the city and not some semi-urban enclave. Great place for city dwellers who like to you know read 📚and drink coffee ☕️ 👌🏾
Gerald Butler
· September 6, 2017
Great food and customer service. Great place to have a meeting also.
Pamela Fendt
· October 15, 2017
Excellent food, enjoyable atmosphere, awesome bookstore.
Laura Henderson
· February 4, 2017
They have a wonderful selection of food and beverages. They make a kickass cup of hot chocolate 🍫The windows allow lots of light and there is plenty of space for people to play board games, read, or h...ang out. Lovely place. See More
Olufunmike Woods
· February 4, 2017
The food is great and affordable and fits whether I want a meal or a snack. I always discover new and interesting books, stumble onto amazing events as I walk by and my children love going there.
Tito Fist Rivera
· February 3, 2017
Panther Vision lives here... "4. And, there is a new principle contradiction in the world, and that is; between the need of the monopoly capitalists to consolidate their global hegemony and the chaos ...and anarchy, (including the threat of a Third World War), they are unleashing by attempting to do so.
5. The intensification of this contradiction is intensifying every other major contradiction of imperialism.
6. This includes contradictions within the ruling circle of the capitalist-imperialists themselves. " BigTomWarrior Letter to Comrade Rashid posted without expressed auth. but so what... we have a party going on here! FiST
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Rachael Shannon
· February 4, 2017
I can't imagine what Baltimore would be without Red Emma's. It's such the heart of the City I know and love. A beautiful, one of a kind, community treasure. I make sure to bring out of town visitors h...ere every time. See More
Latricia Downes
· February 5, 2017
First time visiting on 2/5 the person that waited on me was very rude had no patience in answering questions for a first time customer. Was not knowledgeable about the menu items . But the poetry eve...nt was very nice. See More
Addison Slick
· September 10, 2017
Half the time I buy a coffee I don't get the coffee
Wanda Perkins
· February 4, 2017
This is my favorite spot to eat in Baltimore. They are awesome for helping people who need a hot drink or a meal.
Clare Madrigal
· May 20, 2017
Vegan, un-censored bookstore, fair traded coffee, school, community, queer friendly. This place is everything!
Bruce Godfrey
· February 12, 2017
Great food, great vibe. Prices were fair and the food was delicious. Worth the haul from Montgomery County. The most Trump-hostile 5000 or so square feet in Maryland, perhaps.
Gretchen Tome
· February 3, 2017
Delicious vegan food, great coffee, the pay it forward board...but what I love most is the welcoming, inclusive space Red Emma's has created.
Kimberly Mooney
· February 4, 2017
Worker-focused bookstore that you want to patronize. Great food, hard-to-find books, and a welcoming place for everyone in the community
Evan Lori Mahone
· February 3, 2017
This place is a sanctuary. I go there multiple times a week. Great atmosphere. Great food. Great events. They got your back!
Chelsea Spitzer-Morton
· February 4, 2017
Red Emma's is a such a great space- I've been to many interesting lectures, discussions and free school classes there. Oh and the food is AMAZING!
Charlie Herrick
· February 3, 2017
An invaluable community resource & meeting place, not to mention great food & coffee as well as exceptional book selection
Todd H Oppenheim
· February 3, 2017
Great thoughts, great ideas, great food and great people can always be found at Red Emma's. Baltimore and America need more gathering spots like this.
Rick Brady
· February 26, 2017
Best soy cappuccino I have ever had! Cozy place, very well done on the espresso.
Ann Coleman
· February 3, 2017
Excellent food and drink , cool setup, nice people and a collection of books you won't find anywhere.
Nicole Fall
· February 4, 2017
Book selection is excellent and radical. Food is very good and not expensive. All people are welcome.
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An excerpt from Tawanda Jones' talk at Red Emma's, sharing the story of how her brother Tyrone West was murdered by the Baltimore police nearly two years ago. The West family continues to demand justice in weekly protests every Wednesday. Full video at
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So excited to welcome Cindy Milstein to our store tomorrow! Don't miss this one!

In the tradition of bell hooks, Roxane Gay and Audre Lorde, America’s leading young black feminist celebrates dissent—both personal and public. So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.

Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and ...destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Eloquent Rage shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon. Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don’t have to settle for less.

In ELOQUENT RAGE, Cooper, a Black woman who has come to peace with her rage, shows that what Black women get collectively angry about are the things all Americans should be angry about. It is Black women who stand up and protest when the police kill Black citizens with impunity, robbing them of due process. It is Black women who tried to stand up to the rise of Donald Trump withholding their votes for him to the tune of 94%. At the core of Black women’s anger is the kind of honesty and clarity that comes from legitimate and righteous outrage.

ELOQUENT RAGE is about the power of rage to be a clarifying and essential political resource in a shifting political landscape. This anger points us to the ugliest, but perhaps the most powerful and transformative truths about American democracy, and about what it will take to make this place more just for all. Ultimately, feminism, friendship, and faith in one's own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.

BRITTNEY COOPER writes a popular monthly column on race, gender and politics for Cosmopolitan. A professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, she co-founded the Crunk Feminist Collective. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Salon,, and The, among many others. She received the Black Feminist Rising Award from Black Women’s Blueprint and the Newswomen’s Club of New York Award for best blogging.

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Fantastic review by Rebekah Kirkman in the Baltimore Beat of the new collection "Rebellious Mourning" by Cindy Milstein—who will be at the store on Sunday at 3PM to talk about the book.

An orange buffoon was elected president, and with fresh urgency everyone told each other, “Don’t mourn, organize,” a phrase often attributed to Industrial Workers of the World activist and songwriter Joe Hill, who supposedly said it before he was executed by the state of Utah in 1915. It is tr...

In a special early-evening event, author & activist Nick Licata joins us to speak about how the organizing principles that are illustrated in his book Becoming A Citizen Activist can assist citizen activists in stopping Trumpism (the spread of white nationalism, voter suppression, sex discrimination and the corporatization of democratic institutions) through providing progressive alternatives to white and minority working families. He will be joined by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, co-directors of Popular Resistance, in leading a discussion on organizing strategies. Licata is a former 5-term Seattle City Council Member; founding board chair of Local Progress, A National Municipal Policy Network, and named by the Nation as Progressive Municipal Official of the Year in 2012.

Have you heard that we're soft launching a brand new menu? Come by tomorrow to check out all of the new food we have to offer, and let us know: what you think about these new additions?

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a radical new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.

What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told that... his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true – and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Hari´s journey took him from a mind-blowing series of experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work.

It is an epic journey that will change how we think about one of the biggest crises in our culture today. His TED talk – 'Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong' – has been viewed more than 8 million times and revolutionized the global debate. This book will do the same.

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Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we've gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself. The result is a tyranny of metrics that threatens the quality of our lives and most important institutions. In this timely and powerful book, Je...rry Muller uncovers the damage our obsession with metrics is causing--and shows how we can begin to fix the problem.

Filled with examples from education, medicine, business and finance, government, the police and military, and philanthropy and foreign aid, this brief and accessible book explains why the seemingly irresistible pressure to quantify performance distorts and distracts, whether by encouraging "gaming the stats" or "teaching to the test." That's because what can and does get measured is not always worth measuring, may not be what we really want to know, and may draw effort away from the things we care about. Along the way, we learn why paying for measured performance doesn't work, why surgical scorecards may increase deaths, and much more. But metrics can be good when used as a complement to—rather than a replacement for—judgment based on personal experience, and Muller also gives examples of when metrics have been beneficial.

Jerry Z. Muller is the author of many books, including The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Modern European Thought (Knopf), Adam Smith in His Time and Ours(Princeton), and Capitalism and the Jews (Princeton). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times Literary Supplement, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. He is professor of history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Tonight! Join us tonight as we welcome Eddie Conway, Certain Days collective member Daniel McGowan, and J20 defendant Kristina Simmons to discuss the importance of supporting political prisoners of the past and present!


The story of America’s "War on Drugs" usually begins with Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan. In his new book, Containing Addiction, Matthew R. Pembleton argues that its origins instead lie in the years following World War II, when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics—the country’s first drug control agency, established in 1930—began to depict drug control as a paramilitary conflict and sent agents abroad to disrupt the flow of drugs to American shores. In a series of complicated twists and turns on a global stage, Pembelton explains how America applied a foreign policy solution to a domestic social crisis, demonstrating how consistently policymakers have assumed that security at home can only be achieved through hegemony abroad. The result is a drug war that persists into the present day. Don't miss this critical talk!


We reopen after our winter break on January 9th. Stop by on your way to the BCPS meeting up the street where children, parents, and allies are going to be demanding a public school system that is actually heated in the winter!

Tue 5:00 PM EST200 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 1st Floor Board Room
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Hey friends! We're going to be closing up at 3pm tomorrow, Sunday the 31st, for New Year's Eve, and closed for the following first week of January. Join us when we come back on Tuesday January 9th, and in the meantime, enjoy this music video's totally accurate depiction of closing at Red Emma's!

(Song by Amy Reid, video by Red Emma's worker Emily Eaglin, and starring Red Emma's worker-owner Talbolt Johnson)

Music: Amy Reid "Threshold" Dir. Emily Eaglin Featuring: Talbolt Johnson 2017